Lynn Jenkins

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Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins will be leaving a position on the House Republicans' leadership team when the newly elected Congress convenes in January.

Jenkins said Wednesday that she is stepping down as GOP conference vice chairwoman to focus on health care and tax reform legislation.

She's seen as a potential candidate for governor in 2018 to replace term-limited Republican Sam Brownback. Jenkins said she's always willing to consider opportunities for returning to Kansas.

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Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins and other officials toured the Guantanamo Bay detention center last week.

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Reuters is reporting that the Obama administration will not use an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Closing the facility could have an impact on Kansas.

An executive order may have been President Obama’s best chance to close the facility during his remaining time in office. Congress has taken steps to block the transfer of detainees to the U.S. mainland, so they seem unlikely to bargain with the president on the issue.

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The Associated Press reports more than a dozen detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba could be released starting as soon as next week.

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, a Republican, is concerned that may be a hint that President Obama's administration is moving towards closing the detention center. Fort Leavenworth is one of the facilities that could house detainees, a move Jenkins opposes.

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Speaker John Boehner resigning from the U.S. House might create some new opportunities for Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. She currently serves in the leadership as the House Republican Conference vice chair.

University of Kansas Political Science Professor Patrick Miller says if Jenkins is planning to stay in the House, some higher leadership jobs could become available.

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Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins emphasized the role of women in community leadership on Sunday, when she delivered the Dole Lecture at the University of Kansas.

"Whether we learn it as babysitters or big sisters or mothers, we are good at keeping everybody happy and a lot of balls in the air and multitasking," Congresswoman Jenkins says. "We just have unique skill sets that maybe some of our men don't have." 

She also highlighted some of the challenges of a career in public office.

Kansas Democrats have filed two federal complaints against Republican congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.

They’re alleging she violated ethics and campaign rules because a staff member also serves as an unpaid re-election spokesman.

The Kansas Democratic Party says the complaints were filed last week with the U.S. House’s Office of Congressional Ethics and the Federal Elections Commission.

Jenkins' office says the allegations are without merit.

Kansas regulators have allowed U.S. Representative Lynn Jenkins to continue tagging congressional and campaign materials with a CPA label, though her state permit to work as a certified public accountant expired nearly two years ago.

The arrangement was approved by the Kansas Board of Accountancy in 2011 before Jenkins’ permit expired in 2012.

Her spokesman Tom Brandt says guidelines of the U.S. House regarding taxpayer-funded mailings enabled official stationary to include information about a member's professional license.

The all-Republican Kansas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives was evenly split on the House's budget bill.

Congressmen Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp voted against the bill.

Both said one reason was because it undoes some of the sequestration cuts that took effect earlier this year.

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins supported the agreement because it cuts long-term spending, and she says there would be increases in short-term spending with or without this bill.

Kansas Republicans Unsure How To Stop Obamacare

Aug 20, 2013

Members of Kansas' all-Republican congressional delegation agreed the coming weeks are critical to the future of the federal health care law, though they are still unsure how to stop it.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp urged the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association members at their annual conference in Wichita to tell people in Washington how the new health care law affects small businesses.